Human beings always want what we don’t have. Especially when it comes to our appearance. Short people want to be tall, tall people wish to be a little shorter. People with curly hair tend to long for straight hair and vice versa.
We can’t change the height we have, but we change our hairstyle. For those people that want straight hair, there are many options available. There are the chemical relaxers which make curly hair straight by penetrating the hair shaft to make curls lose their waviness. These relaxers can be further broken down into lye or no-lye relaxers. So what is the difference?
The Lye Relaxer is obviously a relaxer that has lye as one of its components. Lye is also known as sodium hydroxide. Lye is known as the strongest type of chemical used in relaxers. Lye has proven to be the longest lasting and most effective of the two. However, the problem with lye relaxers is that it is harsh to our hair. The main component is the sodium hydroxide, which is the same chemical that makes up home cleaners such as drain cleaner. Imagine putting that product to your hair. Wouldn’t you be afraid to apply that to your tresses? Lye relaxers can be measured in terms of pH level. The usual lye relaxers range from 10 to 14 in pH level. The higher the pH level, the faster your hair will straighten. However, the higher the pH lever, the harsher it is for your hair. Thus, it may be effective but can do real damage to you and your hair.
On the other hand, the no- lye relaxers are made of guanidine hydroxide. It is among the most common alternatives to lye relaxers, simply because it doesn’t have lye. However, that doesn’t mean that no-lye relaxers don’t have chemicals in them. It also doesn’t mean that it is damage-free. No-lye relaxers are just milder than the lye ones. However less damaging, it is still a must to prepare your hair and scalp prior to treatment. Your hair must be in top condition before you use a no-lye relaxer. You must also know that no-lye relaxers require more special care during application.
Whether you choose to use lye or no-lye relaxer, the important thing is to have it done by a hair care professional. Treat your hair with respect just as you treat yourself!